Top 15 fake facts without Wikipedia
What to do when Wikipedia blacks out for 24 hours? Make up your own facts, of course.
Twitter has been furiously updating with users’ sarcastic, silly, and sometimes seemingly real fake facts — using hashtags like #factswithoutwikipedia and #daywithoutwikipedia — while the English-language website is down in protest against anti-piracy law.
RELATED: How to get around the blackout.
Here is a look at our Top 15 favourites:
• Rebecca Black, Jacob Black and Sirius Black are relatives. (From @TheHogwartians)
• The Great Wall of China was built to keep the rabbits out. (From @DannyjClayton)
• Adele was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering how to set fire to the rain. (From @everythingsjake)
• The Beatles’ members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Scottie Pippen. (From @ThatEricAlper)
• In 1983 Sweden changed the colours of their flag to blue and yellow after the phenomenal success of the Ikea brand. (From @DavidGate)
• The IV drip is named after Henry IV. (From @paulkerensa)
• The world’s first ladder went sideways. (From @JamesScullin)
• ‘Sheen’ is a verb. It means ‘snorting cocaine.’ (From @LLCoolP)
• 63% of statistics are made up. (From @SemiTechieMom)
• Rock band Rush predicted the end of civilization when their Canadian calendar only went up to 2112. (From @BradKimberly)
• Kim Jong-un is actually the first successful human clone of Kim Jong-il. (From @smileshigh)
• Nickelback was named after the partial refunds given to anyone who ever paid for their music. (From @ColeStratton)
• The cell cycle consists of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. (From @FakeScience)
• Lady Gaga is in fact a media studies course group project which got out of hand. (From @dwauctioneer)
• “Die Hard” was going to be Viagra’s sales slogan. (From @wallaceme)